Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region
Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force

The Klamath Act expired on October 1, 2006, and was not reauthorized by Congress. The funding for this program was eliminated and the charter was discontinued. The information on this site is provided for reference.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
1829 S. Oregon Street
Yreka, California 96097
Phone: 530-842-5763
Fax: 530-842-4517
Email: yreka@fws.gov

June 2002 Task Force meeting in Weitchpec, CA
Photo:  USFWS/Darla Eastman
The Klamath River Basin Conservation Area Restoration Program was established in 1986 under Public Law 99-552 (known as the Klamath Act) to restore the anadromous fish, primarily salmon and steelhead, of the Klamath River Basin.  The Klamath Act authorized that $21,000,000 be appropriated for the program over twenty years, and it established two federal advisory committees: the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force (Task Force) and the Klamath Fishery Management Council.

Members of the Task Force represent a broad range of stake holder interests from throughout the Klamath watershed, working together to accomplish salmonid conservation.  The Task Force usually met three times per year (in February, June and October) to work by consensus to coordinate restoration planning, fund restoration projects, and express opinions on issues affecting the Klamath River.

In 1991, the Task Force developed the Long Range Plan for the Klamath River Basin Conservation Area Fisheries Restoration Program.  The Long Range Plan is available from the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office.  Recently, the progress of the Task Force in carrying out this plan was evaluated by an independent contractor.  Their report is the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Klamath River Basin Restoration Program.  In 2004, the Task Force completed revisions of the Long Range Plan in response to recommendations in the Mid-Term Evaluation in the form of Addenda to Chapter 8 of the Long Range Plan.

The Task Force has worked toward restoring Klamath River fisheries by funding watershed restoration planning and education, fisheries research and monitoring, fish stock enhancement, and on-the-ground habitat restoration.  Over its tenure, the Task Force has increasingly supported local watershed groups to bring together landowners and other natural resource interests in each of the 5 sub-basins of the Lower Klamath River Basin.  If it weren't for these local groups, much of the on-the-ground projects would not have been possible.  These groups have planned watershed activities and projects for their areas and act as focal points for watershed coordination.  The sub-basins and local watershed groups within each are listed below.

Lower Klamath River Sub-basin - all tributaries/watersheds of the Klamath River from mouth to confluence with Trinity River.  Contact:  Yurok Tribe and the Lower Klamath Restoration Partnership.
Middle Klamath River Sub-basin - all tributaries/watersheds of the Klamath River from confluence with Trinity River to Iron Gate Dam.  Contact:  Karuk Tribe and Middle Klamath Watershed Council.
Salmon River Sub-basin - watershed of the Salmon River. Contact: Salmon River Restoration Council.
Scott River Sub-basin - watershed of the Scott River.  Contact: Scott River Watershed Council.
Shasta River Sub-basin - watershed of the Shasta River. Contact: Shasta River Coordinated Resource Management Planning Committee.

Since the beginning of the program, over 320 projects have been funded throughout the Klamath Basin, and approximately $11,178,134.00 has been committed for these projects.  Each spring the Task Force issued a Request for Proposals through the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office.  The Task Force's Technical Work Group (TWG) ranked the proposals on their technical merit.  At its June meeting, the Task Force decided which projects would be funded in the next fiscal year.

The public was invited to attend all Task Force meetings, and public comment periods were scheduled throughout the meeting agenda.